Denise L. Devine, CPA, MBA, MST, is Co-Founder, CAO, and CFO of RTM Vital Signs, LLC. She has over twenty-five years of leadership experience in general management, operations, and finance. She has particular expertise in developing technology platforms with resulting commercialized product applications, intellectual property and IP strategy, acquisitions, licensing, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances. Her experience spans from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, international consulting firms, manufacturing operations, and software companies. Ms. Devine is founder of three companies and one not-for-profit organization. As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nutripharm, Inc., Ms. Devine led the development of a technology platform that generated a portfolio of composition and process patents to create innovative natural food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical products that facilitate optimal nutrition and lifelong health. Ms. Devine has executed strategic alliances and licenses with pharmaceutical and food companies and completed a CRADA with USDA.
Ms. Devine’s prior business experience includes executive positions at Campbell Soup Company, where she was responsible for executing close to a billion in financings, investment strategy, and structuring and negotiating various capital markets transactions, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures in the food industry; CFO of Energy Solutions International, a global software company serving the oil and gas industry; and Arthur Andersen & Co., where she served as a member of the firm’s closely-held national business team.
Ms. Devine serves in a leadership role as either an Officer or Committee Chair on the following boards: Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ), Villanova University Board of Trustees, Lourdes Health System, American Red Cross-SEPA, and The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Ms. Devine is also a passionate children’s nutrition and health advocate. She is Chair of The Advisory Board of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Nutrition Education at Villanova University Nursing School and the Advisory Board of the Center for Marketing and Consumer Insight at Villanova School of Business. Ms. Devine was invited to the regional White House Community Leaders Summit and convened a session on coordinating public/private initiatives to combat childhood obesity. Her company is also a Corporate Partner of The Alliance for a Healthier Generation which, in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, is supporting healthier foods in schools.
Ms. Devine has received numerous honors and awards, including the “Best 50 Business Women in Pennsylvania” Governor’s Award, the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Women of Distinction” Award, the St. Thomas of Villanova Gold Medal Alumnae Award from Villanova University, the Take the Lead Award from the Girl Scouts, and the American Red Cross (SEPA) Chairman’s Award. Ms. Devine has also held numerous professional leadership positions. She served on the American Institute of CPAs Board of Directors, President of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, and was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to serve on The State Board of Accountancy, the ethics and licensing board for the 25,000 CPA’s in Pennsylvania; she served for several years as Chair. She was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Business Tax Policy Reform Commission. Ms. Devine, a co-inventor on nineteen U.S. and international patents, is also Co-Founder of The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and has served as an “Entrepreneur in Residence” at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Devine, a CPA, received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Taxation from Villanova University and a BS in Accounting from Villanova University, where she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class.